Freight alliance keeps business on EP

ALLIANCE: T-Ports general manager of operations Tim Gurney with EPFG director Daniel Gregory of Kimba Transport. Photo: Supplied.
ALLIANCE: T-Ports general manager of operations Tim Gurney with EPFG director Daniel Gregory of Kimba Transport. Photo: Supplied.

Small local freight businesses have formed an alliance to transport grain for the new T-Ports project at Lock and Lucky Bay.

T-Ports has been working with small local carriers to form the Eyre Peninsula Freight Group (EPFG) as the new bunker sites begin receiving grain.

Daniel Gregory from Kimba Transport is directing the group, which now has 48 trucks from as far as Streaky Bay and Ceduna involved.

Members of the group will be working together to transport grain from the storage site at Lock to the Lucky Bay port facility and from on-farm storage to both the Lock site and the storage facility at Lucky Bay.

Mr Gregory said the EPFG gave carriers a great opportunity to get more use out of their harvest equipment during the off season, rather than keeping it in the shed for the vast majority of the year.

"I could see great potential in all the little businesses within the Eyre Peninsula all banding together to be able to achieve the required movement needed," he said.

"It better utilises the gear that we've got."

Mr Gregory said the task of transporting grain between the facilities would have been far too big for a local carrier to handle alone, and he was grateful T-Ports had decided to keep the business on the Eyre Peninsula rather than bringing in a larger company.

"All the towns would have suffered... for them to focus on keeping business on the Eyre Peninsula is unbelievable."

He said while the employment benefits of the project for the towns of Lock and Cowell were well understood, the EPFG was an example of how towns across the upper Eyre Peninsula was benefiting.

"They're actually supporting every town within the Peninsula," he said.

He said the boost to Eyre Peninsula freight businesses would flow on as they continued to buy fuel, tyres and other supplies to keep their businesses running.

"I'm truly thankful that T-Ports have been so supportive to give everyone a go and keep money within the EP."